Amy Dowden has been inundated with messages of support from her Strictly Come Dancing co-stars after revealing she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The dancer, 32, took to Instagram on Wednesday to share her shocking health news after finding a lump in her breast the day before her honeymoon in April.
In her post, Amy said she is determined to return to Strictly as soon as possible, but is awaiting further information on treatment for her cancer.
Amy wrote: ‘Hello everyone, I have news that is not easy to share. I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, but I’m determined to get back on the dance floor before you know it. Welsh loves Amy.”
After sharing her diagnosis on Instagram, Amy was inundated with messages of support from her fellow Strictly professionals and other celebrities who have competed on the show.
Kind: Amy Dowden has been inundated with messages of support from her Strictly Come Dancing co-stars after revealing she’s been diagnosed with breast cancer
Dianne Buswell said: ‘Our Welsh dragon is going to fight this!!!! and I can’t wait for you to join us on the dance floor again. We love you so much Amy.’
Oti Mabuse commented, “I send you love and strength and all strength – you are such an incredible woman, love you Amy!” Take care of yourself.’
Ellie Taylor, who competed on the show last year, said, “Oh beautiful Amy. Send lots of love. xxx.’
Giovanna Fletcher added: ‘Love, love, love you. Xxxx.’
Karen Hauer posted, “We love you and we’re here every step of the way. You are strong and you are going to beat this ♥️.
Neil Jones wrote, “Amy, I know you’re going to beat this 1 million percent.
“I send you all my love and positive energy. I can’t wait to dance with you on the dance floor again.’
Former contestant Alex Jones wrote, “Oh Amy! Thinking of you and sending you so much love. Cariad mawr.’
Sweet: After sharing her diagnosis on Instagram, Amy was inundated with messages of support from her fellow Strictly professionals and other celebrities who have competed on the show
We’re with you! After sharing her diagnosis on Instagram, Amy was inundated with messages of support from her fellow Strictly pros and stars who appeared on the show
Former pro Kevin Clifton wrote, “We love you sister. You’re the best. You got this,” while Katya Jones added, “We’re with you all the way! The strongest woman I know! Can’t wait to have you on the dance floor soon!!’
Strictly 2018 winner Stacey Dooley commented: ‘all love sis x.’
Former pro and It Takes Two host Janette Manrara commented, “If anyone has the power, it’s you. We are by your side all the time. I love you to the moon and back.”
2016 winner Ore Oduba said, ‘Oh Amy. All our love, there is nothing YOU can’t fight. And what an almighty dance it will be when you get back. So much love.’
Dr. Ranj Singh, who previously competed on the show, said, ‘I’m sending you HUGE love and strength baby! Always here if you need anything.’
Joanne Clifton wrote, “Amy, I send you all the strength and power…we are all with you,” while Gemma Atkinson added, “We are all fighting all the way behind you Amy!!!!! Sending you so much love.’
Strictly’s chief judge Shirley Ballas shared a lengthy statement of support, writing: ‘@amy_dowden my precious girl. Nanny and I are thinking of you right now. You are a strong example to so many of resilience I have seen firsthand.
“A beautiful, friendly and funny young lady who takes on the confrontation. You are so loved. See you soon my dear friend hugs and lots of warm hugs.”
Tyler West, who appeared in Strictly with Dianne Buswell last year, spoke about Amy’s diagnosis in Lorraine on Wednesday.
He said: ‘She’s fine, she’s the dragon of Wales, she’s a fighter, so strong, so inspiring, it was a huge shock to everyone this morning for everyone.
“She’s incredible, Amy, and I have no doubt she’ll pull through.”
Strictly Come Dancing also released a statement sharing their support for Amy, with executive producer Sarah James saying, ‘Amy is an exceptional person both on and off the dance floor and is adored by her entire Strictly Come Dancing family.
“Everyone on the show sends Amy all our love and she knows we’re all there to support her when she needs us.”
Amy told Hello! Magazine, she discovered a lump in her right breast in April, a day before she and her husband flew to the Maldives for a belated honeymoon after their wedding last July.
The dancer said she was “in shock” and decided to keep an eye on the lump before going to the doctor when the lump grew upon returning home.
She was immediately sent for an emergency referral, where she was told the lump looked ‘suspicious’ and to ‘prepare for the worst’.
Health: Amy took to Instagram to share her shocking health news with her fans, after discovering a lump in her breast during her honeymoon in April
After a biopsy, Amy was told she had grade three breast cancer, and said her first question was when she could get back on the dance floor.
Amy said her cancer was discovered “early” and she is now waiting for more information before receiving a full treatment plan, including surgery.
She’s awaiting an MRI scan and biopsy after medics found a second lump in her right breast, and after that step she’ll get a full prognosis.
Amy has dealt with a series of health issues over the years after being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of 11.
She shot to fame on Strictly Come Dancing in 2017 and joined the host of professional dancers in the popular show.
She tied the knot with her husband last July and exchanged vows in front of their family and friends at a five-star wedding venue on the Gower Peninsula, South Wales.
What is breast cancer, how many people does it affect and what are the symptoms?
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. Each year there are more than 55,000 new cases in the UK and the disease claims the lives of 11,500 women.
What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer arises from a cancer cell that develops in the lining of a duct or lobule in one of the breasts.
When the breast cancer has spread to the surrounding breast tissue, it is called an ‘invasive’ breast cancer. Some people are diagnosed with “carcinoma in situ,” where no cancer cells have grown beyond the duct or lobule.
Most cases develop in women over the age of 50, but younger women are sometimes affected. Breast cancer can develop in men, although this is rare.
Staging means how big the cancer is and whether it has spread. Stage 1 is the earliest stage and stage 4 means the cancer has spread to another part of the body.
The cancer cells are graded from low, which means slow growth, to high, which means fast growth. High-grade cancers are more likely to come back after being treated first.
What Causes Breast Cancer?
A cancerous tumor starts with one abnormal cell. The exact reason why a cell becomes cancerous is unclear. Something is thought to damage or alter certain genes in the cell. This makes the cell abnormal and multiply.
There are some risk factors that can increase the chance of developing breast cancer, such as heredity.
What Are the Symptoms of Breast Cancer?
The usual first symptom is a painless breast lump, although most breast lumps are not cancerous and are fluid-filled cysts, which are benign.
The first place where breast cancer usually spreads is the lymph nodes in the armpit. When this happens, you get a swelling or lump in an armpit.
For more information visit breastcancernow.org or call the toll-free helpline on 0808 800 6000